SOLVINING MARRIAGE PROBLEMS, by Jay E. Adams; Zondervan Publishing House, 1986; 122 pp., (paper) $6.95. (Reviewed by Prof. R.D. Decker)

This Zondervan publication was first published by Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Co. in 1983. We reviewed that edition in the September 1985 issue of The Standard Bearer. Jay Adams is Director of Advanced Studies at Westminster Theological Seminary in Escondido, California. The book is intended for pastors and other Christian counselors, but may be profitably read by any Christian. One does not always agree with Adams’ views, especially his view of divorce and the remarriage of divorced persons. Nonetheless, Adams’ approach is Biblical and he insists that marriage problems are caused by sinful living patterns which can be changed and ought to be replaced by Biblical living patterns. God’s Word is our guide dealing with these sin problems in marriage and it is the Holy Spirit Who enables us to live in obedience to God’s will in marriage. Adams deals with some of the more common causes of marriage problems: communication breakdown, mishandled anger, self-centeredness, et. al. Other subjects discussed in the book are: The Counselor’s Own Marriage, What Causes Marriage Problems, Unbiblical Concepts in Marriage, Particular Sinful Living Patterns, How to Discover Marriage Problems. Recommended for pastors and elders especially.